Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail

MODERATE 170 reviews

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dallas, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
344 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

Very nice trails in a well wooded area. Very easy to get lost, though, so make sure to stay on the trail. Be aware that trails cross each other. Only way to get out of the park is near the entrance.

mountain biking
9 minutes ago

To all you hikers that keep complaining, take a minute to think who maintains the trail.. (DORBA).
(YES, IT COSTS BOTH MONEY TO BUY TOOLS AND LOTS OF VOLUNTEER HOURS TO KEEP THE TRAILS TIDY)
Then take another minute to figure out what does that mean. Hikers are more than welcome. but please no matter the park you go to. always stop at the trailhead and READ THE RULES!!!
most trails will ask hikers to go in the oposite direction so you can spot bikers from a distance and move aside.
thank you all for understanding.
have a great day!!

20 days ago

favorite trail

hiking
29 days ago

Easy to get lost, poorly marked. That is part of the fun though! Have gps or a compass and it’s a blast exploring all the fun trails.
Mild elevation changes throughout. Incredible scenery!

Very fun experience and I look forward to learning more of these trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of pretty nature to see. High traffic on the morning of 4th of July. Some exposed areas out of the shade, so bring a hat and lots of water if going the summer. Trails are marked with various types of signs and some of them contradictory to others, so it's a little confusing. Also had a ton of cut throughs that make staying on the trails challenging, and again make it easy to get lost. If I'd taken my bike, I'd be annoyed with the amount of foot traffic. Still, it's beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Overall, the nature preserve is nice, with many different path options to manage how far you want to go. Relatively well kept, but I did see a little trash along the trail.

My biggest issue is that the trail is poorly marked. Easy to get lost with lots of random offshoots to confuse just about everyone on the trail.

My second issue, which might be more of a preference, is that over half the trail is not shaded. If it’s summer in dallas, you will need to bring plenty of water for you and your dog.

1 month ago

always a nice little escape. Use your GPs though it's easy to get lost.

hiking
1 month ago

A surprisingly lovely hidden gem. Parts were a bit littered when I went. Navigation can be tricky, just pay close attention and have a GPS app. Lots of shade.

1 month ago

Beautiful place relax paths.

3 months ago

Very fun hike, had decent shade for most of the time. Had more wildlife than I had expected.

3 months ago

Loved the trail! Great hills and rocks with flat open areas too. Most of the wood bridges and cross overs spots are in need of repair. It hasn’t been well maintained but the trees and location are nice.

trail running
4 months ago

Yellow and Orange Trails easy to follow and track to. Northern and eastern sides of Preserve are tangled with cut throughs and bypasses making it difficult to stay on the main trail.

Trails are all very well maintained. Very, very little trash along the trail; looks like it was recently cleaned up.

DORBA sign has the trails marked as closed, so there were no cyclists today, along with absolutely zero people. Surprised more aren’t out there taking advantage of today’s cool weather.

Everything’s green right now, and with the latest rain the creeks are flowing enough to produce some nice sounding waterfalls.

hiking
4 months ago

Oh gosh was I happy for the GPS map! So many cut throughs look like parts of the trail that we ended up back at the parking lot before I decided to use the map.

Over all a nice path for the kids to run down without too much worry.

hiking
5 months ago

I camped here as a Boy Scout more than 25 years ago and hiking here recently brought me back to the hidden gem right in the middle of a major city. I swear I could hear a wind chime in the thickest part near the creek, that was surreal. I’m looking forward to biking this trail soon. I also make a walking stick at each hike I take and leave it at the trailhead for the next hiker. Let me know if you find/use one of them and please leave it there for the next hiker!

hiking
5 months ago

This place was great! Explored a lot of the trails but still had more to go after 2.5hrs of hiking. Saw few people and a few bikers but were on our own the majority of the time. Even lost the sounds of the city for awhile.

hiking
5 months ago

Love, love, love this trail! Great views, great trails from easy to hard and very relaxing! I try to go every week to get away from the real world!

hiking
8 months ago

Very solid trail. I recommend it. Better than you would expect it to be initially. Didn’t really like the “decor” in some parts and there definitely was some trash eyesores. I recommend going backwards on the trail to spot oncoming MTBers.

hiking
8 months ago

walking
9 months ago

Awesome set of winding trails they won't get boring. Some trails get very narrow so be mindful of other people running or biking past you.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Awesome trails only downside is trail needs more signs and directions

10 months ago

Nice trail & larger than it appears

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Not too hard. A little lacking in signs. (Got turned around a few times.)

Nice and wooded!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Beautiful!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Have been here many times! You would never think that there would be so many trails in Oak cliff. SUPER EASY TO GET LOST! Use the GPS!

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

trail sign are not clear, must use GPS for help. good trail for hike, I don't find any restroom in the preserve.

walking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

I love walking the trail but it needs more signs , and they're is trails that aren't on the map on this app, are they not part of the trail?

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I love this trail! it just needs more road signs

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chingo

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

A decent hike once you find your way into the park. Trail markers are vague or missing for the first half mile and shortcuts not found on the map are all over the place.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lots of good ups and downs. Nice wildflowers. Need to pick up trash, especially at entrance.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Very nice trails in a well wooded area. Very easy to get lost, though. Difficult to get out of if you're not near the entrance, trails cross over each other.

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